If last week’s performances at the quarter-final round of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) could be described as electrifying, one can only salivate over expectations for tomorrow’s eagerly awaited semi-final round.
The under-nine division is sure to garner much interest with the likes of Shamari Addison from St Alban’s Primary looking in top form. That division has several other notable performers including Kevion Newton of Wesley Hall Juniors and Jayden Greene of Eden Lodge.
As it stands Addison has set the pace and advanced with the fastest time. In the 80m he ran 11.82, in the 100m he clocked 14.44 and in the150m his time was 21.81. It will be very interesting to see whether Newton and company did their homework and come prepared tomorrow for the young lad known to many as “Super Mari”.
Tonika Griffith of Lawrence T. Gay had a good showing at the quarter-final stage especially in the 150m and 100m and is expected to do well in the under-nine girls division. She however may have some competition in the 80m from little Alika Harewood of St Jude’s who went into that event with the fastest time.
The trio of Azariah Nurse of Bayley’s Primary, Tianna Applewhaite of St Giles and Kelescia Downes of Arthur Smith came on the scene and stamped their authority on the likes of Skye Spencer- Layne of West Terrace who looked good in the under-11 girls’ events at the zonal meet but failed to deliver at the quarter-final. Layne was the most outstanding female athlete last year when she competed in the under-nine division but could not handle the speed in the under-11 last Wednesday.
Both Nurse and Downes will enter the semi-final round of the under-11 girls 100m with a time 14.48, while in the 200m Nurse’s 29.32 edged out Applewhaite’s 30.05 and Downes’ 30.37. In the 400m Applewhaite advanced with a time of 1:11.28 which was faster than the 1:11.87 and 1:12.56 produced by Downes and Nurse respectively.
Yazid Daniel is in form and will enter the under-11 boys 200m and 400m with the fastest times. The Luther Thorne Memorial student clocked 28.13 and 1:08.13 in the 200m and 400m respectively and should have those two particular events covered. Jeremy Small of the People’s Cathedral should handle all-comers in the 100m after entering with 13.82, with the closest to that time being 13.92 by Jacobi Redman of Westbury Primary.
The under-13 girls division for this year appears somewhat iffy but Kiara Payne of St Stephen’s Primary showed that she has the speed for the track and the strength for the field. At the quarter-final round Payne was one of the stand-outs among the girls especially in the 200m when she slammed the field in 27.74. In the long jump she leapt 4.09m which was the longest jump. What should be exciting though is the 100m battle between Payne who entered with the second fastest time of 13.47 behind Dania Haynes of Hilda Skeene with 13.21.
One can safely call the 400m once Gabriella Yearwood of George Lamming continues her dominant performance and maintain her time of 1:05.63 which is a clear cut from the 1:07.51 ran by Naomi Gardier of Arthur Smith in the quarter-final and 1:07.95 by Shania Gill of Blackman and Gollop.
The under-13 boys 400m is another race that can be easily called once Savion Hoyte of Sharon Primary is in good health and shows up at the Stadium. Hoyte so far has been unstoppable in that event entering with 1:01.62. Mark Cummings of Bay Primary with 1:04.84 and Kobe Hutson of St Angela’s 1:05.42 are the closest to Hoyte’s time. The 100m and 200m should have different results, especially the the 100m, with Jevon Burnett, Kristin Cummins and Joshua Thornhill clocking 13.40, 13.49 and 13.49 respectively. While in the 200m Caleb Massiah of Charles F. Broome will be watching his back against Hutson who ran 26.98 behind his time of 26.83.
All should set their eyes to the field when Malachi Harris of Deacons Primary shows up to represent his school with his strong arm in the under-13 boys cricket ball throw. Harris entered the semi-final round of the cricket ball with a whopping throw 60.31 which was unreachable despite a great effort of 54.39 thrown by Jacob Bethel of St Angela’s.